Scallops at The Wellington Gastropub
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Comments

2011 Mar 12
I think what I like best about the Wellington Gastropub is that they continue to offer us their best, even with 92 thumbs up on OF. Given all the hype about the place, they could easily rest on their laurels but luckily this isn't part of their ethos.

Our routine is to try a place, go back again if we're wowed, and maybe a third time if we're too lazy to cook... and then it likely falls off our radar. The fact that we live so close to so many good places makes it tempting to eat out after a long day, so our rule is to cook for ourselves, full stop.

But it's fun to break the rules and we do it quite often, usually skipping drinks and keeping it under $50 for two. Now and then we have the kind of day or week where we throw caution to the wind and head out the door without thinking about a budget.

That was Wednesday which I explained this to the server at the Wellington Gastropub when I ordered my martini with a twist of lemon. It tasted all wrong and even though I was 3 sips in he was quick to whisk it away when it was obviously not to my liking. A dry martini showed up in its place, as I realized (mea culpa) that I was so distracted I had forgotten to specify.

I'm guessing "we aim to please" is the mantra recited at WG, as clearly someone is looking at the big picture and making sure you feel good about spending your money here. While the atmosphere is decidedly casual—almost like a pub!—they take customer service *very* seriously, as seriously as they take their food and drink.

As in offering a smaller portion of their appetizer when you hem and haw about whether having the butternut squash soup with chantilly cream and cinnamon would be too filling. "How about if I bring you a half bowl?" suggested the server. If there is another place in town so quick to tailor themselves to your appetite, I'm all ears.

My husband's appetizer was the roasted beet salad with shaved fennel, blue cheese and maple roasted almonds, an amazing combination of texture and flavour. Yes, I know it's my marital right to eat off his plate but I try to temper myself so only did the reach, like, 3 times.

We did the rare thing and both ordered the seared scallops on a bed of quinoa, along with a second round of drinks. (He was drinking Flying Monkey IPA which made a great interlude in between sips of my martini. And he and I both give two thumbs up to any place that carries more than a half dozen quality microbrews on tap, not to mention a generous selection of wines by the glass.) Scallops were meaty, seared perfectly, quinoa speckled with cranberries, another winning combination of texture and flavour. Good thing we got the same thing, this was one of those dishes that's hard to share.

Dessert was a trio of Adriana's ice cream, honey sesame snaps, cinnamon and coffee. As much as I like some of Pascale's ice creams I have to say watch your back should Adriana decide to strike out on her own as well.

Reading through previous reviews on this site, I wonder if the word 'pub' has created confused expectations. The standards of food and service here are excellent, as good as you'll find in any fine dining room. That said, the atmosphere is decidedly unfussy and casual, something to keep that in mind if one is celebrating an anniversary, presenting some bling or looking for an intimate conversation. Tables are definitely set close together so if you would like privacy, be specific when reserving as there are only 3 tables for two that are by themselves.

As for noise, I don't find the place to be rowdy or rambunctious. But get enough people sitting cheek by jowl, enjoying great food and drink, and it's only a matter of time before the decibels climb up, and quite happily from what I've seen.

2011 Jan 19
We came here as a large group a few weeks ago. I was impressed to see it so busy on a Wednesday night, a sign of good things to come, no doubt.

I splurged and ordered all three courses. (I'm a student, so it's kind of a rarity for me). As my appetizer, I had an incredible maple-smoked celery root soup with pistachios and chili oil. It was nice and smoky-sweet-savory, but the chili oil and nuts provided good texture and heat. It was pretty close to perfect.

My main was the arctic char. A quick survey on Twitter revealed that this was the beloved dish and I can see why. Served with fried black rice, the char was perfectly cooked and well seasoned.

My dessert was a chocolate-date-almond cake with cinnamon ice cream. It was good, although not as fluffy as I had expected. The dates and almonds overwhelmed the texture. But, then again, I'm rarely one for restaurant desserts.

The tab for appetizer, main, dessert and two glasses of wine was about $70 including tax and tip. Completely reasonable, given that it was a splurge.

My favourite part? The service. When a friend went to go to the washroom, they brought our appetizers. Seeing that she wasn't there, they returned hers to the kitchen and then brought it out a mere seconds after she reappeared, so it wouldn't get cold. So brilliant. The whole experience felt nothing short of classy and that alone makes it really worth the return.

2010 Dec 8
I have been here twice - once in 2008 and once in late 2010. The food is absolutely fantastic. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The atmosphere is also great. The second time I ate there, however, we made a reservation two months in advance but were seated along a bench just inches away from other tables on either side. It was very crowded and we had to listen to other people's loud conversations all night. We felt as though we were in a cafeteria, not one of Ottawa's more elite restaurants. This was not what we wanted for our special occasion, especially because we'd made reservations so early. The management would be well advised to remove one of the 2-person tables from that bench - I'm sure other customers would greatly appreciate it.

2010 Oct 25
We decided to try somewhere new for dinner on Friday. So we ventured west... to the Wellington Gastropub!

Hubby and I split the goat cheese parfait starter, which came pre-divided for us. The mix of the goat cheese, apples, vinaigrette and greens was a great way to start off the meal.

My main was scallops dusted with bacon and octopus, over puréed parsnips (I think) and other seasonal vegetables. The scallops were amazing. They were cooked perfectly! Very, very tasty. Hubby ordered the steak over mashed potatoes and really enjoyed it.

Dessert was the coffee pot de crème, with a small pour of the Ice House Cider dessert wine, both of which were very decadent.

The service was quick and unassuming. I also really appreciated their great wine list and selection of wines by the glass. We'll definitely be back.

2010 Oct 18
Stopped here for lunch with a couple of work colleagues. Great selection of beers to choose from. We had a couple of orders of the Steak Tartare to start and we each had a bowl of the Caramelized Onion, Potato and Ale Soup with a Grilled Beef Sarnie. The tartare was excellent, the soup was hearty and delicious. The sarnies were a little messy but delicious. No hesitation returning here at all.

2010 Sep 17
This place was simply wonderful. As of yet I have not experienced this level of service in Ottawa. They have a nice selection of beer but not feeling too adventurous A Beau's it was and a red wine for my wife. First was the prosciutto appetizer consisting of goat cheese,cucumber,heirloom tomatoes,pea sprouts and the kicker dried kalamata olives. How they get the olives to that consistency is a mystery to me. Chili lime marinated flat iron steak a top mashed potatoes and mushrooms with a dollop of herb butter. Youzier it was tasty. My wife had the scallops the interesting thing was the pureed cauliflower. Not being able to stomach regular cauliflower I reluctantly had a taste wow that is certainly not the cauliflower I used to hide as a kid. Pascals chocolate coco nib for desert was the finishing touch on an experience that we will certainly be repeating in the near future.

2010 Sep 12
We celebrated my boyfriend's birthday here the other night, and it was my third or fourth visit - and once again, walked away with a happy tongue and satisfied belly. I went for the vegetarian main, which was risotto croquettes with aioli (simple but delectable - and definitely not "fancy restaurant" portioned, either!), piperade (saute of peppers and onion that sounds as plain as can be, but they somehow made it fit for a queen) and salad of tiny greens and radish (super simple, but they had some amazing vinegar/oil combo on it that really made it shine). I also ordered the draft sampler for $7 (only a buck more than just one pint), a special treat because Beau's Lugtread was replaced by the one-day-only Festivale Plus which was a real treat - I was expecting something overwhelmingly bitter and malty but it was really smooth. I especially liked having the beers to sip with the foods... I wish more places would do the sampler, it brings out different character to the food and to the beers... not to mention that it's about a magnitude cheaper than doing an equivalent wine pairing offered at most other restaurants! There is definitely a reason that this restaurant sits at the top of Ottawa Foodies favourites - you just can't beat the combination of quality, price and service.

2010 Aug 20
Had a business lunch with a friend of mine at the Wellington Gastropub. I've had this restaurant on my go-to list for a while now, so this was just what I needed (I love knocking them off!).

I love it in there. It's so cozy and just begs you to sit back, sip wine and spend a few hours. Of course I didn't. I had to go back to the office. But I did manage to squeeze in a glass of Gewürztraminer.

Although much of the time was spent chatting, we did take moments to appreciate the exquisite presentation of the plates as they arrived, and to savour the quality of the food we were eating.

The first plate served at the table was some light and airy Art-is-in bread – a bowl of golden Ontario extra-virgin cold-pressed canola oil served alongside for dipping.

We both ordered the salad of baby beets, crispy Pingue capicollo, pickled radish and goat cheese with a black currant-vanilla dressing. Each ingredient was so fresh and tasty that I was happy the dressing was as mild as it was.

For his main, Graham ordered the rare B.C. Albacore tuna with roasted fingerlings, olives and mushrooms, summer squash and caper-almond vinaigrette. I got to try a bite and these fat slices of seared tuna were so fresh and heavenly!

I was equally excited by my main. I almost couldn't take a shot of this mouthwatering vision fast enough – my brain was being challenged between either grabbing my fork or my camera. Plump meaty scallops with crisp, golden edges and sinful crushed potatoes smothered in sour cream and caramelized onion. Vivid green and yellow beans added a nice touch of colour, livening up the whole plate. Everything was brought together by a guanciale vinaigrette – I'm sorry but bacon in any form, even a vinaigrette, just takes a dish from great to amazing! Especially one prepared with pig's cheeks.

The service was impeccable, ambiance cozy and relaxing. I found the prices to be teetering on the expensive side, especially for lunch – between $6 and $12 for apps, $12 to $16 for mains. But I'd love to go back for dinner. It's a great spot.

2010 Jun 17
The "apple cider beer starting with W" you mention is likely Ontario's own Waupoos cider, and I agree it is top-notch!

2010 Jun 16
I finally went to the Gastropub tonight with 2 friends, it was nice but didn't blew me away.

For appetizer I had the tuna tartar with crostinis, it was AMAZING! My friends shared the risoto, they were pleased but not ecstatic.

Main course I had the sea scallop with fried black rice and bok choi. The sea scallops were cooked to perfection, but to me this dish resembles seafood fried rice at the Fortune Express in Kanata, for less than half the price! So a little disappointed there.

My friends again ordered the same dish: the mahi mahi. Both of them are very disappointed, they fish was too dry and had no taste. I took a bite and agreed with them.

If I were to cook this dish, I'd rub sea salt over the filet first, lightly sear it, then pour Lee Kim Chee's Seasoned Soy Sauce for Seafood over heated olive oil and sprinkle some diced green onion on top, that's it.

For dessert, I ordered the white chocolate cheese cake and my friends had Adriana's ice cream, both were fairly good.

Oh I had the beer sampler for drink, it was very good, particularly the apple cider beer (weird name starts with a W), I'd order that beer next time around.

They did however mixed up our reservation: I sent the reservation by email last week, somehow it didn't get noticed, so we didn't have a table when we arrived. They were pretty good about it, our table was ready in about 10 minutes.

Their service was very nice too, waiters/waitress were very courteous and attentive. The waitress asked us several times on how the food was, and when she saw that I still had a small portion of tuna tartar left, she immediately asked if I wanted to have more crostinis. I was very impressed with that.

Food service was a bit slow when it comes to the main course, which allowed us to chitchat. Portions were OK for me, my husband would probably want bigger ones though. The price was reasonable too.

All in all, it was a nice restaurant, not sure about the hype, but decent food. I'd probably go there again.

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2013 Jul 17
The Wellington Gastropub now has their own nanobrewry on site - Stock Pot Ales! (www.ottawabeerevents.ca)

2010 Jun 10
Ottawa's own beer finally, Kichesippi on tap. Full aroma and a tad on the spicy side...highly recommended!

2010 Mar 25
I particularily enjoy saddling up to the bar at the WGP. The service is always friendly and helpful.

Trying a flight of beer is a nice little journey into the Ontario breweries and a comparison of the tastes and smells and sensations of each one.

I have enjoyed plenty of great discussion about local products and sipped a few new beers whilst doing so at the WGP.

Highly enjoyable from my perspective!

2008 Sep 16
The beer I chose was an ale from the Robert Simpson Brewing Company out of Barrie, ON which is one of the many beer microbrewed beers they serve. I like the fact that they serve beers from local Ontario small breweries and in being a gastropub, compliment the food you eat as well.

2008 Sep 16
We ordered beers with our meals and this was the bf's choice. St. Peter's English Ale which is brewed in Suffolk, England and is organic. The bottle was the coolest bit....we were allowed to keep it! Very good beer.

2007 Apr 2
While not really a comment on beer from this vendor, I just had to respond to FF's comments on Guinness. If you don't like the relative harshness of Guinness, you should head over to Ireland. The Irish all swear it doesn't travel well, and I thought they were full of it. But it's true. Guinness in Ireland is as you describe: heavy, dark, but smooooooooth and creamy. It's just the perfect drink. Though "perfect" is a dangerous word when talking about taste.

The really big Irish fans insist it has to be sampled in Dublin, near the brewery, as even trucking it to the outer counties reduces the quality. This might be going a little too far, so to speak.

2007 Mar 24
I really enjoyed the Amsterdam Two-Fisted Stout (presumably from Toronto's Amsterdam brewing company). Although the waiter "warned" me that it's dark like Guinness, this beer is the way Guinness *should* be. Heavy and dark, but with a smooth and delicious flavour. No overpowering bitter burnt flavours like Guinness... A pint of Guinness is too much (hence the existence of Black and Tan). A pint of this Two-Fisted Stout is spot on!

The only downside of their beer selection is that the other four draught choices tonight were all yellow beers: three lagers and one pale ale. The beers I love most always seem to be red (or at least orange).

2007 Mar 11
The owners took a broad range of input when coming up with the beer menu, including the opinion of some local craft brewers. They serve an excellent selection of Ontario Micro Brews and British Ales which attracts beer geeks from all around the Ottawa Valley. Definitely go here for the beer.




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2009 Dec 23
For lunch, yesterday's Ice cream selection was:

Cranberry sorbet, raspberry chocolate, and get ready for it, Banana caramel!

The cranberry sorbet would have been the perfect palate cleanser... a bit sour and very refreshing.

The raspberry chocolate was rich. I have never really enjoyed the chocolate/raspberry mix. But I ate all the ice cream in my bowl.

The chunky monkey carmel was the perfect mix for desert. Once again nice and rich, I could of had a full bowl of this ice cream only and would have been happy.

I love that they serve the ice cream in cold bowls. Pretty sure they put them in the freezer so that the ice cream won't melt while you eat! Very nice attention to detail.

2009 Dec 18
Here is the photo showing "3 small scoops of exquisitely delicious gourmet ice cream" that zymurgist describes. I had raspberry, Tiramisu, and vanilla. They are creamy and yummy!

2009 Sep 25
They do the ice cream in house but I no longer make it for them since February

2009 Aug 17
We've had the ice cream from Wellington twice now...the first time was in late May; we had caramel, something forgettable and banana (the banana was lucious!). We went again last week and had strawberry-rhubarb sorbet that was a bit icy...black currrent ice cream and peanut butter ice cream; we also ordered a chocolate-caramel pot de creme; probably the best dessert course I have ever had. YUM!

2009 Jun 4
She was making it. I'm not sure if she still is. I can ask on Sunday =)

2009 Jun 4
I've heard that their ice cream is homemade, and I've also heard that Pascale's (now with the Piggy Market) was making it. Can someone verify this for me?

2009 Jun 4
their homemade ice cream is amazing! well worth the price.

2008 Feb 29
I hear they make the ice cream in house. Every time we've been there, we've lucked out since they made peanut butter ice cream on those occasions! Delicious!

2007 Oct 20
For 7 bucks you get 3 small scoops of exquisitely delicious gourmet ice cream. Extremely yummy!


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2007 Mar 24
I sampled a glass of the Shingleback Shiraz (South Australia) and enjoyed its sweetness and complex fruitiness. I'm generally one to sip my wine between courses rather than with the food, so this worked out well. Unlike most wines it even went well with dessert. Anyways, I have yet to meet an Australian Shiraz I don't like.

They have an extensive selection of wines by the glass here, so if you like to sample a few different ones it's a great place to be!




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2009 Dec 23
Two of our friends ordered their Angus ribeye ($30) with brown butter cheddar potato puree. The menu states that the dish accompaniment includes Le Coprin mushrooms. But I don't see any mushrooms in the photo. I think it would be nice to add some vegetables on the side to accompany the big steak (very good portion!). My friends told me that the steak they had was tasty.

2009 Dec 22
Sea scallops are always our favorite dish, so delicate. However, scallops are often overcooked and become a rubbery dish. Our sea scaloops were cooked to perfection. The accompaniment (lentils, Nagano bacon, savoy cabbage, overnight tomatoes, corn relish) was also very delicious.

Note: We didn't order this as our main. Instead, we ordered this dish ($25) as our appetizer for the group to share (since many of us ordered the soup of the day). My girl friend who went here for dinner the next day also ordered the scallops as her main. She said the same thing - "the scallops are cooked perfectly!"


2009 Dec 22
This is the Nagano pork loin that my husband and one of our friends ordered. The meat was very tender and juicy. The meat does not have the texture like the typical Canadian pork. My friend (used to be an expat in Japan) told my husband that when you eat the Nagano pork meat, you have to cut it in a smaller portion, put the small piece in your mouth and detect the fine texture to enjoy this type of meat. Then you will see the difference. Nagano pork does not taste like pork at all. So, when you order this dish, try to eat it slowly to enjoy the taste and fine texture.

I told my another friend about this dish. She brought her husband with her to try our recommended dish the next day. Her husband also likes it.




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Sep 5
The bread is warm and served with canola oil. It continues to a welcome appetizer, especially when very hungry!

2009 Dec 18
We all like this baguette-type bread. I was told that the bread is supplied by their neighbor Harvest Loaf, Harvest Loaf . I wish that I also live next to a bakery so that I can have fresh bread daily.

However, I am extremely surprised and disappointed that they don't have balsamic vinegar when I asked for it!




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Sep 5
I have probably always only ordered scallops at The Wellington Gastropub as far as I can remember because it is always good. I might have had a pork chop once. But see, I just came back from a trip to PEI so for the first time, I was not impressed by my scallop lunch. While the scallops were seared to perfection, I could taste the fishyness or lack of freshness. PEI ruined me!!

The scallops were also served on a bed of white beans in a tomatoey sauce with grilled squashes with a hint of spiciness. It wasn’t my favourite.

2015 Sep 12
The lunchtime Sea Scallops ($19, on a bed of black beans, corn, red pepper, leek, poblano vinaigrette) were absolutely delicious and perfectly done, but surprisingly small and few (4) for the price. Considering you can get two tasty small plates at Gezellig for $20, a single small plate for $19 seems rather cheeky here. Worth ordering for sure but be forewarned about the price and portion.

2013 Apr 25
I have to second this. I had the scallops there back in Feb and they were awesome.

2013 Apr 24
Best scallops I've had so far has got to be at The Wellington Gastropub. They play around with this dish but on the night we were there, the perfectly seared scallops sat atop chorizo and beans. Absolute perfection! It has a great hipster vibe and an incredible beer selection (which won over my boyfriend).




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2008 Sep 16
When it came to order our second courses, I was hemming and hawing between the walleye and the chicken. Our server noticed this, and asked what I was trying to decide...when I told him, he immediately said the walleye. And wow, was I glad! Although I'm sure the chicken would have been just as good but he had said that this was the right season to have walleye since it takes a few years before the fish are good to eat again from the lakes. Or should I say, BEST to eat again. This fish (we call it pickerel mainly in SK) is not 'fishy' tasting at all and flaky. It was served on a bed of duck sausage (delish) potatoes, and beets. Sooooo goooood!!




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2008 Sep 16
This was the bf's 1st course...chicken fricasee with corn,oyster mushrooms, and truffle oil served on a herbed crepe. I'm sure there was other goodies in here but I'm recalling from my memory a few das later. I had a bite of it and it was served warm (I thought it'd be cool, don't know why) but wow, this was amazing! Even though my tuna was excellent as well, I was wishing I had ordered this instead!




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2008 Sep 16
Went here for the first time on Sat. night for my birthday! This was my 1st course....I wanted to quote from the menu but since their menu changes regularly, they just have a sample menu on their website so I'll try as best I can.
Albacore tuna with pickled ginger, tiny pieces of watermelon, and roe. It was cooked nicely, leaving the middle a touch undercooked, which I believe is the best way to serve tuna in this manner. The roe was wonderful with this, and the ginger gave it an extra zing with the bits of watermelon adding cool freshness.




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2010 Jan 6
This is the tuna tartare ($12) that my friend ordered. Tuna mixed with spicy yuzu mayo. My friend is a picky diner and she told me that the tuna was good, but didn't blow her away though.

Note: Talking about yuzu, have you ever picked up a glass jar of Korean yuzu (called yuja in Korean) from any Chinese grocery stores (e.g., New 168, Kowloon Market, or T&T)? It looks like orange jam. In the winter time, I use about 1 or 2 tablespoon of yuzu syrup to stir in a cup of hot water (sometimes I add small amount of honey) to soothe my throat. I remember that few years ago, a popular Korean TV series (called Dae Jang Geum) was aired in Hong Kong and the drama series has fascinated many Asian TV audience as well. The story talks about the first female Royal Physician in Korean history. About every episode involves making delicious food presented to the king and the stress of herbal medicine.




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2009 Apr 19
Everyone knows to try the Beef Tartare at the Gastropub. So if you haven't already done so, unless you are planning a visit to restaurants on Boulevard du Montparnasse in Paris, there are no other places in Ottawa that will offer the same (tasty) quality Tartare. A must!

2008 Jun 21
Success!

I believe it was "beef tartare with crostini and truffle oil" on the menu.

Generous portion, marries well with their "house"-level Pinot. Were I to make it at home I'd probably boost the acidity a bit (maybe more capers?), but this was full of beefy goodness.

2007 Jul 7
We've had the steak tartare here. We thought it was very tasty, and the portion was quite large (so large that, had I been eating it alone as a starter, I would have been too full for my main -- but, perfect for sharing).

2007 Jul 7
I can't give unilateral "yay" or "nay" on the steak tartare here yet, because it wasn't available on the menu when I went. They did, however, make some up for me right special. It was good, but I'm not sure if it was the recipe they normally use.




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2010 Oct 15
This is a general comment on veg options here: this is gourmet food at mid-range restaurant prices. Every time I've got the veg main here, my expectations have been surpassed. Taste and texture are first and foremost, presentation is always fun and there is guarunteed to be a lovely wine or beer pairing with the meal. It's different every day, which is also neat, and usually utilizing seasonal and local ingredients. Try it sometime!




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2008 Sep 16
My bf's second course was the parpadelle pasta which is similar to lasagna noodles but half the size. It was served with roasted red peppers, oyster mushrooms, and padano cheese. I'm sure there were other bits and bites in it but these were the main items. Very delish and the portion size was just right.

Sorry this pic isn't the best since it was getting darker and the table was only lit by a small candle. Quite romantic, really!


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2009 Dec 18
My friend ordered their Date square with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce. I tried a bite and told my friend that I like her Queen's date cake more.

2009 Dec 18
This is the Chocolate terrine with raspberry sauce ($6). My hubby enjoyed it very much!